Get out and about with these 11 spring trails

2016-10-11 18:00
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Cape Town - Saffas just love trail running. And how can you not if you live in the trail mecca that is South Africa! Come springtime, trail runners creep out of their holes and once again embrace the longer, warmer days to get fit and active.

Runners can look forward to some adventure as an array of trail runs hits the South African turf - be it over mountains, through vineyards or beautiful passes.

If you're in need of motivation to get in shape, why not register for one or all of these spring trail runs? The trail running bug is sure to bite and you'll get to experience SA's natural beauty in the process. Winning!

Here is our list of suggested trail runs for the spring season:

CAPE TOWN

Durbanville Hills Trail Run

The climb is worth the incredible views over Table Mountain and Robben Island at Durbanville Hills. Enjoy a short or long run through the vineyards with giveaways and an electric vibe!

When: 15 October

Where: Durbanville Hills Wine Estate

Cost: 

5km: R80

10km: R100

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!


La Capra Goat Run
 

View Paarl from above as you climb the iconic slopes of Paarl Mountain in a 8km, 15km or 28km run. 

When:
 15 October

Where: Fairview Wine Estate, Paarl

Cost: 

5km run/walk: R180

8km: R180

15km: R250

28km: R450

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

Slanghoek Triathlon

The Slanghoek Triathlon in the beautiful Slanghoek Valley outside Rawsonville caters for all categories, from beginners to elite athletes, with four different races to choose from. On the Saturday, there will be a mountain bike triathlon, with the option of doing either a standard or a sprint distance. On Sunday the road triathlon take places, also with standard- or sprint-distance options.  This event has become a great weekend getaway for the whole family, with many festivities at the end of the races.

When: 22 & 23 October. 

Where: Breeland Wine Cellar

Cost: 

Long courses: R500 (excluding temp day license) 
Short courses: R340

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

Come and see what Val de Vie's Market is all about - food stalls, wine and a polo match accompany a selection of runs! You will also be running with SA's swimming legend Ryk Neethling.

When: 23 October

Where: Val de Vie, Paarl

Cost: 5km & 10km: R110

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

Groote Post Country Run

Experience west coast hospitality at Groote Post where a Sunday market, wine, kids entertainment and a great vibe awaits. 

When: 30 October

Where: Groote Post, Darling

Cost: Enter before 21 October for one of three runs:

18km Bobbejaanberg Challenge: R180

13.5km Atlantic View: R150

4km Ommie-Dam Fun Run: R80

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

Impi Challenge

Take on this legendary obstacle race as it returns to Stellenbosch in November. Get your team together or take the elite challenge on solo. This thrilling race is known for its social and spirited atmosphere, but do not underestimate those obstacles. Carboloading is compulsory!

When: 19 & 20 November

Where: Lievland Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Cost:

5km Dash: R300

10km Challenge : R400

18km Elite: R550

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

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GAUTENG

Impi Challenge

The well-loved Impi obstacle race tours South Africa and Gauteng teams can try their luck in October.

When: 15 & 16 October

Where: Smuts House, Irene

Cost:

5 km Dash: R300

10km Challenge: R400

18km Elite: R550

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!


Rockman Trail Run
 

The Rockman and Cradle Moon Guest Lodge caters for the whole family with a fun 5km run to challenging 12km and tough 20km runs. Run among indigenous fauna, flora & wild life at this nature reserve.


When:
 16 October

Where: Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge

Cost: Register online before 13 October:

5km: R100

12km: R180

20km: R250

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!


Spur Trail Series Gauteng

Spur partners with Wildrunner to bring Saffas a trail running series like no other. Locations throughout SA can enjoy the series year round! The series returns to Gauteng for a summer series.

When: 23 October to 27 November

Where: Various locations throughout Gauteng

Cost: R160 per race 

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

KWAZULU-NATAL

Spur Trail Series KZN

Spur partners with Wildrunner to bring Saffas a trail running series like no other. Locations throughout SA can enjoy the series year round! Catch the last of the KZN spring series.

When: 16 & 30 October

Where: Locations throughout KZN 

Cost: R160 per race

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

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Glencairn Trail Run 

Register for this epic two-day trail running adventure! Choose between two routes and two distances. The event is a fully serviced multi-stage race. Tented accommodation will be provided at Glencairn for all participants. “The Ram Run” will be the longer distance event (Day 1: 21km, Day 2: 16km) and “The Lamb Run” (Day 1: 12km, Day 2: 9km) will be the shorter distance event.

When: 28 - 30 October

Where: Glencairn Farm, Sani Pass

Cost: R1500 or R1350 (excluding accommodation)

Contact: Click here for all you need to know and register!

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